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Sensory Architecture

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Collective Thresholds | Expansion of University of Melbourne School of Architecture.

The former Royal Women's hospital is located at north east of the University of Melbourne. The
redevelopment of the existing building is for the expansion of the University off the main Parkville
Campus.
The design approach is inspired by the process of learning and education, as well as experiencing the
architecture through learning. The concept of learning process becomes a series of studies of
sensory architecture.
Sensory architecture is an alternative form of architecture that responds to modern technologies
and human's desire to become fully integrated with their surroundings. As one of the most visible
also invisible experiences in architecture, the approach is to design with sensory awareness which
allow for the emotion of a building to be retrieved. Thus, evoking the emotion through space is
about place making. Human perception allows individuals to creatively explore and discover. In the
end, the learning process of an architecture student perceives the building as several floating
moments exists between objects designed in varies scales.
The rational structure of the old building and heavy expression of the concrete slabs and walls
provided inspiration for the redevelopment.
Using materials to evoke people's emotion within the building through haptics and visual senses.
The main strategy in the interior design adopts different ways of dealing with the original building
fabric.
This involves exposing the original building fabric with contrasting materials, or the original building
fabric will be hidden with materials that attempts to blend in.
It is where individuals perceptions are found in built environment, the main senses created were not
only of sight but sound and feel. (Not sure what this means)
Sight through three fields; 'the foreground, middle ground and distant views. The facade is designed
to create the visual extension of space;...

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